Assessment: Israel’s government owes its survival to a hostile, anti-Semitic actor that is actively working towards its destruction …
JNS: The responses elicited by the death of Al-Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh were written hundreds of years ago. Blood libels—the practice of using the death of non-Jews as a means to set up the Jewish collective for demonization, condemnation, ostracism and mass murder—may vary in their details, but the substance is always the same: the Jews are guilty.
Israel has been subjected to repeated blood libels. Their details are always more or less the same. Israeli forces fight terrorists. Non-Jewish civilians die, and Israel’s right to exist is rejected by “right thinking” people the world over. In the case at hand, last Tuesday night IDF forces were carrying out counter-terror operations in Jenin—the terror capital where most of the recent terror attacks in Israel were planned. Nineteen innocent Israelis have been murdered in these attacks. Tuesday night, Palestinian terrorists opened fire on the IDF forces shortly after they entered the city. In the ensuing firefight, Abu Akleh was shot. Palestinian footage indicates fairly clearly that she was killed by the terrorists.
But facts are meaningless in a blood libel. Thus all the regular actors in contemporary morality plays are reciting their lines in turn. The Arabs, the Europeans, the Americans, the United Nations and most importantly the Arab and Western media are all playing their assigned roles and using Abu Akleh’s death as the basis of a mass indictment of Israel’s very existence. Read More …
Opinion: This post in JNS is critical to understand how Mansour Abbas’ infiltration into the Israeli Knesset was planned and what his intentions are. Other actors are involved that are using the holiest site in Judaism, the Temple Mount, as a weapon against Israel’s sovereignty.
I will include opinion sections in-between most of the article from Caroline Glick. First the players:
King Abdullah II
Article: Ra’am, the United Arab List, is a Muslim Brotherhood political party in Israel’s Knesset. Its leader, Mansour Abbas, fundamentally changed Israel’s political reality when he broke with 73 years of convention and joined the governing coalition last year, giving it its bare majority of one vote. With his four-seat faction, Abbas controls the fate of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s government. If Abbas bolts, the government collapses.
Abbas presents himself as a moderate leader whose only concern is the welfare of Arab Israelis. His partnership in the coalition, he proclaims, is focused on issues like sanitation and electricity, not Arab nationalism or jihad.
Given Abbas’s mild-mannered persona, Ra’am’s statements following Abu Akleh’s death were stunning. Ra’am responded to her death by demanding an international inquiry. Ra’am’s message is not simply about virtue signaling. It is a proclamation. The party that controls Israel’s government considers Israel’s governing institutions—the IDF, the police, the Health Ministry, the forensic medical institute—fundamentally illegitimate. Israel, in other words, is fundamentally illegitimate. By demanding an “international investigation,” Ra’am is effectively demanding that Israel surrender to the braying blood-libel mob.
Ra’am’s statement was not an isolated incident. It is part of its much wider use of relations with foreign governments and institutions to advance the Islamic Movement’s agenda from within the Israeli governing coalition. Abbas is carrying out an active, independent foreign policy that is hostile to Israel’s most fundamental national interest—the preservation of its sovereignty.
At least publicly, the focus of Abbas’s diplomatic efforts is Jordan. Since setting up the Bennett-Lapid government, Abbas has met twice with King Abdullah II of Jordan. Last November, Abdullah and Abbas met for four hours at Abdullah’s palace. The regime-controlled Jordanian media gave expansive coverage of the meeting. The coverage was particularly stunning since, when Abdullah met with Bennett in the summer, he insisted that no photos be taken and that the meeting be kept secret.
Opinion: The bigger the ruckus over the death of Shireen Abu Akleh, the more it becomes obvious that it was a Palestinian bullet that ended her life. Enter Jordan’s King Abdullah who has been having economic problems that could be overshadowed by perceived Jewish assaults on the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount.
Article: Abbas’s ties with Abdullah serve the interests of both men. Jordan’s Islamic Wakf employs the personnel in the mosques on the Temple Mount. But over the years, the Wakf’s personnel have switched their allegiance from Jordan to the PLO to the Islamic Movement and Hamas.
Whereas King Abdullah’s father, the late King Hussein, viewed the Palestinians, who comprise a large majority of Jordan’s population, as an existential threat to the Hashemite regime, Abdullah has thrown his lot in with the Palestinians, to the detriment of the Bedouin minority in Jordan. By embracing the Muslim Brotherhood through Abbas’s Islamic Movement, Abdullah seeks to stabilize his grip on power at a time of economic and political instability in Jordan.
For his part, Abbas is using Abdullah, who boasts close ties to the U.S. foreign policy establishment, the European Union and the Israeli left and security establishment as a proxy to advance the Islamic Movement’s strategic goals vis-à-vis the Temple Mount and Israel as a whole.
The first unmistakable sign of the fusion of Jordan’s positions with those of the Islamic Movement (and Hamas) came in the midst of the Muslim riots during Ramadan last month. On April 18, Jordanian Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh enthusiastically supported the rioters. In a speech before the Jordanian Parliament, he said, “I salute every Palestinian, and all the employees of the Jordanian Islamic Wakf, who proudly stand like minarets, hurling their stones in a volley of clay at the Zionist sympathizers defiling the Al-Aqsa mosque under the protection of the Israeli occupation government.”
A week later Abbas was back in Jordan for another four-hour meeting with Abdullah. Judging from what followed, it’s clear the two men agreed on a joint policy aimed at coercing Israel into abrogating its sovereignty over Judaism’s most sacred site.
Almost immediately after Abbas returned from Jordan, Abdullah submitted a list of radical—indeed, fanatical—demands regarding the future management and control of the Temple Mount to the Biden administration. The Hashemite monarch is scheduled to discuss the list at a White House meeting with President Joe Biden.
Abdullah’s list contains a number of anti-Semitic, indeed, Islamic supremacist demands. For instance, he demands that Jews visiting the Temple Mount abide by a Wakf-dictated dress code. Abdullah also demands that all Jews and Christians wishing to visit the Temple Mount submit a written request to the Wakf for permission. The Wakf will be the only authority with the right to permit such visits. Another demand is to strictly limit the area of the Temple Mount where non-Muslims are permitted to walk.
If those demands weren’t bad enough, Abdullah also demands that Israeli police be barred from entering the mosques altogether. It goes without saying that if Abdullah’s list of demands is even partially met, Israel’s sovereignty over the Temple Mount will be a thing of the past.
Opinion: Our Bible tells us that two wars will happen in Israel just after the rapture of the church. The first is an Arab assault found in Psalm 83 comprising all of Israel’s hostile neighbors. The second is a Russian led invasion in which God Himself will intervene (Ezekiel 38:18-23 NIV)
We have speculated on several flash points that could touch off such wars:
Damascus is destroyed as a city (Isaiah 17:1,14)
Israel’s vast natural gas reserves in the Levant threaten Russia’s oil economy
Treasure hunters in Israel find Solomon’s gold
And 1 new possibility:
Perceived Israeli incursions on the Al-Aqsa Mosque
The Temple Mount will be the place where Jesus Christ will rule and reign for 1000 years. It is the place where after the final war of Armageddon, the blessings of Jacob will be fulfilled:
“May God give you heaven’s dew and earth’s richness— an abundance of grain and new wine. 29 May nations serve you and peoples bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may the sons of your mother bow down to you. May those who curse you be cursed and those who bless you be blessed.” Genesis 27:28-29